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, i said i'm waiting for the locust s & p estulance next. >>> can president obama romance republicans? or are we destined for that fiscal cliff? >>> got a joint? pot is about to be legal in two states but don't light up just yet. newsroom starts now. >>> good morning. thank you so much for being with me. i'm carol cost ello. this hour, superstorm sandy has a cruel, cold kitchen following in its footsteps. this new storm is lashing the northeast with snow, rains and wind and hitting the very same areas struggling to recover from last week's devastation. up to eight inches of snow in some areas and power outages from delaware to maine. chewing into the coastline, leaving hundreds of thousands without electricity and heat. rob marciano is on new york's staten island, one of the hardest-hit areas from sandy, where residents now face a whole new set of problems. i just can't imagine the misery there, rob. >> reporter: no. the people that live here, just trying to survive here, they couldn't believe it was happening last night as well. snow was coming down, much more than we anticipated, ma
us now. obama stays in the white house. republicans retain the house of representatives. democrats maintain their majority in the senate. basically, we are seeing the same cast of characters. what do you think will be different this time around? >> that depends very much weather you are an optimist or a pessimist. at the end of this year, there is this fiscal cliff. president obama has to solve it. austerity measures, a huge increase of taxes -- all this is going to happen if democrats and republicans do not come together, so i can offer three scenarios -- the first would be that there is no willingness of compromise, that they will just take the can down the road. it would be disaster for the u.s. and the rest of the world. second scenario -- a new willingness of compromise and coming together, and i do not think this is likely to happen, so there is scenario 3, that everybody has to give up something. this would mean, for example, for democrats that they will have to accept that there will be strong cuts in entitlements -- health care, for example. it would mean for republicans t
republicans on the hell and therefore -- could it be easier for president obama to sell democrats on changes in medicare, medicaid and reforming job-training programs if, in fact, he has the ability to say that the republicans made me do it? >> in 1997, there was a lot of savings in medicare to fund the budget deal. democrats have resisted that. he also got things like other programs. it is not what you cannot find a compromise. it would have to be an honorable compromise. my view of this is i would find it a little depressing if our entire debate after the republicans lost seats in the house and they still have a majority and democrats expanded the majority in the senate which nobody expected -- if you had said one year ago that democrats would expand the majority in the senate, i think people would have literally said you are crazy and the president was reelected and basically swept the swing states. the country may be divided but there is a tilt. there is a progressive majority for governing. for the president to go to the fiscal clef with the same policies he had 1.5 years ago with john
, to be obama. obama was reelected overwhelmingly. republicans want us to work together. democrats want us to work together. they want to reach a balanced approach to everything, but especially the situation we have with the huge deficit. taxes are a part of that. >> the american people have spoken. they have reelected president obama, and every elected a republican majority. if there was a mandate, it is a mandate for us to find a way to work together on the solutions to the challenges we all face as a nation. my message today is not one of confrontation, but one of conviction. mr. president, this is your moment. we are ready to be led. not as democrats or republicans, but as americans. we want you to lead as president of the united states of america. we want you to succeed. let's challenge ourselves to find the common ground that has eluded us. let's do the right thing together for our country. host: ron, you are up first. what was the message to washington? caller: i really think compromise is in the air in a positive way. it is so wonderful in my mind of president obama was elected. pe
democratic voters outnumber republicans by 7%. president obama, as he did after his first election, pledged to work with both political parties and made an appeal to those who voted against him. >> and whether i earned your vote and not, i have listened to you. i have learned from new. you have made me a better president. and it your stories and our struggles, i returned to the white house more determined and more inspired than ever about the work and the future that lies ahead. lou: well, meanwhile, voters electing to keep the status quo in congress as well. republicans maintain their majority in the house of representatives. democrats kept theirs in the senate. the speaker then minority leader firmly in place in their roles. what are we in store for? here we go. we take all of this up tonight with a roster of experts and insiders, special report anchor, chief investment strategist, best-selling author, the "a-team." president obama returned to the white house today after an early morning celebration in chicago. his first act after winning a second term was to reach out to senate and hous
a budget deal. obama spoke with democratic and republican congressional leaders on wednesday shortly after the election. the president sought bipartisan support for deficit cuts and tax reforms to avert a so-called fiscal cliff. the combination of automatic tax increases and spending cuts could push the u.s. economy back into recession. house of representatives speaker john boehner said republicans are ready to work with the president on tax reform. many republicans want to keep tax cuts for the wealthy, but democrats are opposed. >> mr. president, the republican majority in the house stands ready to work with you to do what's best for our country. we're willing to accept new revenue under the right conditions. >> boehner said obama obama must reduce spending and overhaul entitlement programs. republicans then would be willing to back programs aimed at raising federal revenues. >>> pakistan remains one of the biggest foreign policy headaches for re-elected president obama. his second term will oversee the withdrawal of u.s. combat troops from afghanistan, scheduled to be complete by the en
. president obama, meantime back at the white house reaching out to top republicans to help fix the nation's financial crisis calling several leaders from both parties putting out words they need work together to vert a looming crisis. president and lawmakers have until january 1 to force a budget feel, forth a budget deal, rather, or big spending cuts will go into affect. the leaders of the house and senate answered the president saying they're willing to be work with each other to tackle the budget deficit. senate majority leader sounded a note vowing to work with republicans to solve the looming fiscal crisis. house speaker john boehner agreed to openness as long as it linked to entitlement reforms and oo i'm not suggesting we compromise on principle buzz suggesting that we commit ourselves to creating an atmosphere to see common ground and seize it. >> it's better to stand and to fight it's better to work together. everything doesn't are to be a fight. everything doesn't have to be a fight. that is the way it's been the last couple years. >> two leaders different. boehner prefers to wa
. >> obama democrats and republicans vowing to work together for the good of our country. peter doocy has more. >> good morning, ainsley. since the balance of power did not shift as a result of tuesday's election with democrats still controlling the white house and the senate vice president joe biden thinks voters give politicians a clear mandate to deal with tax policy the way democrats want to do it. speaker of the house john boehner who will remain the most powerful in washington another two years think voters instead wants to compromise. >> the american people have spoken. they re-elected president obama and they again re-elected a public majority in the house of representatives. there's a mandate for us to find a way to work together on the solutions to the challenges that we all face as a nation. >> the democratic leader of the senate harry reid also expressed a desire to xroe mis-- compromi. now americans know they can't defeat obama now they need to put attention on meeting somewhere in the middle on important issues. >> this is a message american people sent from all over. that i
with the values that we need to help each other. i do not see that in the republican party. i see that with selfishness. the only thing we can do is reelect barack obama. whacks some hope a second term in the white house may put -- >> some hope agh second term in the white house may put america on the right path. the challenges of the leader of this divided country cannot be obscured. his first election gave him a place in the history books. for his second term he will have to earn it. >> for mitt romney, there was a less jovial atmosphere in his campaign headquarters after it became clear. the republican nominee it urged politicians on both sides to put people before politics. what are the chances? >> the polls have said it will be close. they revel in the prospect of republican success. presidential alexians are unforgiving, and the billions spent, the endless hours of campaigning, the late night and hard work came to defeat. after a short delay to check the numbers, mitt romney called the president to succeed, and he bowed out. >> i wish i had been able to lead the country who
the obama generation, melissa. >> absolutely. and republicans need to understand that we -- there are other people in this country that have voices and needs. they exclude the rest of us from decision making. they think we can't make our own decisions. they stuff everything down our throats. they don't include us in the decision-making process. we, the people of this country are sick and tired of old angry white men making decisions for us. >> bill: amen, sister! so glad to hear from you melissa. african-american woman 44 years old and a union member. these are all of the people that today's republican party -- didn't used to be that way that mitt romney, paul ryan, mitch mcconnell, they don't give a damn about. don't give a rat's ass about. >> announcer: this is the "bill press show." >>for every discouraged voter, there are ten angry ones taking action. trickle down does not work. in romney's world, cars get the elevator and the workers get the shaft. that is a whole bunch of bunk. the powerful may steal an election,
. clinton won by a white majority. republicans barely held on to a majority in the house. this year obama won by a narrow majority in the republicans retained a big house and -- retain the relatively large house majority. although not as large as democrats have after 2006 and in 2008 elections. so, i think john boehner has some basis for saying that the president hasn't mandated so do house republicans. popular vote for the house republicans will probably come out to something like this in 5304 heat by which obama bet romney. that hasn't been fully tabulated yet. back about 20 years ago circa 1990, political scientists and london's said that republicans had a lock on the presidency and democrats had a lock on the house and they have all sorts of good reasons why this was so treated the democrats would pick the lock on the presidency in 1992 republicans broke the law, house and 1994. they won four of the six presidential elections and won a plurality of the popular vote in another. republicans have won majority since six out of eight elections for the house of representatives will. it's ei
're talking about as an olive branch to the republicans. what is going on from obama pragmatically? do they have enough power to extract what they wanted? >> put yourself in barack obama's shoes. now you're thinking about your legacy. you also are thinking about what is good for the country. most folks elected to office want to do the right thing. "i got to do something big and be remembered for something." maybe he is not thinking about what he owes the progressive. >> he has already given them a lot. donna stone tel -- don't ask, don't tell, dream act. >> a safety net for the left as well as the right. >> supreme court justices. >> that is a good point. that was a big thing. >> any thoughts on climate change? that was the issue that was not discussed during the campaign. politics has not changed. do you see any room for compromise? >> that is another way the storm may have played a role, if only to move the needle a little bit. mayor bloomberg can not to endorse the president largely on that issue. the freak storm ravaged new york city. when storms like that happen, it does help cons
. the pressure is on to forge an agreement with republicans. >> reporter: president obama and the first family returned to the white house wednesday evening, in his words more determined about the work that lies ahead. the president laid out part of a second term agenda in his victory speech tuesday night. >> rhee ducing our deficit, reforming our tax code, fixing our immigration system, freeing ourselves from foreign oil. >> reporter: earlier the president embraced staffers at his campaign headquarters in chicago. he acknowledged he has to bring the country together after a costly and bruising campaign. >> whether i earned your vote or not, i have listened to you. >> reporter: and the gop listened too. house speaker john boehner promised i had party is willing to get down to business. >> the republican majority here in the house stands ready to work with you to do what's best for our country. >> reporter: both side will be put to the test almost immediately. the president and congress will have to work together to overcome the looming fiscal cliff. that would involve automatic drastic spendin
of us right now. >> president obama's victory was a popularity contest. [ buzzer ] >> republicans, there is no way after holding out on obama after two years they're going to cave in. >> it's a mandate for us to work together. >> our leaders have to reach across the aisle to do the people's work. >> we are an american family, and we rise and fall together as one nation. >> i'm leading. >> it's a legitimate rape. the female body has ways to shut that whole thing down. >> things aren't going to turn out the way you think they are going to. >> even when life begins in a horrible situation of rape, got intended it to happen. >> i'm for richard mourdock for senate. >> we'll fight our way back. and we know in our hearts for the united states of america the best is yet to come. [ cheering ] >> cenk: my favorite is the herman cane clip. this is not a popularity contest. well, it kind of is. it's called a democracy. we see what gets more votes. that's how it works. i love it when these guys on the right start to cry. of course, president obama with the historic victory last night. but you
and missouri. you had two candidates who would have the no won republican primaries in the pre-obama era. they won republican primaries, behaved like fringe candidates, and scared off fringe voters. but the indirect impact is seeing candidates like mourdock and akin and back in 2010, sharron angle start winning these primaries, it told candidates who would be strong republican candidates, the party can't deliver me the nomination, and made them sit on the sidelines. or took candidates who would be strong candidates and decided to run anyway and made them weak candidates. a good example was tommy thompson in wisconsin. should be the dream nominee. but to make sure the republican party base didn't revolt against him, he and went told the tea party group this year he wanted to phase out medicare. well, it was taped, popped up in the general election, you lose because of that. think of scott brown in massachusetts. very rare for a republican to win in massachusetts. brown did it in 2010. he voted for the blunt amendment this year and that became a big issue because -- so you even had candida
clear crystal ball here because it's all things determined. iraq obama as you reach out to republicans. starting with mitt romney, but the leadership and the key players who might be able to work with in a bipartisan way, say john mccain as well as house members, senators. does he reach out? secondly, legislation. does he govern from the center out? or does he govern from the base over to try to get a majority? on the republican side, how did they respond if obama reaches out? i strongly believe that with a fiscal close, that he has to do something. how do republicans respond? how does mitch mcconnell respond? the senate could easily come up with a deal with the white house. the question is, then what happens in the house? third two questions that john boehner. number one, is he temperamentally willing to go in legislate, especially if he gets major concessions from the president. i think it and i got the answer is yes. that leads to the second question. can he bring his caucus along? yes, couple of leading tea party members of the house republicans majority were defeated, at the caucu
there for negotiation. the question really isn't have the republicans change. question is has obama changed? all i have to do is sit here and the revenue comes in the door. >> don't you think -- look at payroll tax cut fight he won on that and took it to the american public. i'm of the think he learned some lessons in the first four years. >> back to what joy says you don't need 99 tea partiers. this doesn't have to pass with 90%. this has to pass with 51% in the house, and we can get those votes if we create the atmosphere, if boehner works hard, the business community's key. the business community's contributed over $35 billion to the campaign to fix the debt for a public relations campaign. the business community can come down on the other nontea party republicans and say you've got to do this, understand you've got to do this. if the president does what you suggest, the problem is it could work, absolutely, but it's going to poison the atmosphere for four years and we've got other fish to fry. immigration, infrastructure, jobs and other fish to fry, energy independence. energy independence, for exa
of republican obstructionism because the democrats and barack obama controlled all three, you know, the house, the senate and the white house for the first term. >> megyn, please, don't confuse us with facts at this point. come on, after this campaign? here's what we've had for the last 12 months. republicans are horrible! they're evil! they tried to destroy the president, and they've been at work with us -- they'd better work with us in the spirit of cooperation or else. this is absolute crap. there was a mandate. the people voted to return president obama, and they voted to return a solidly-republican house. the people who voted for gridlock, megyn, who are we to deny them? i say, speaker boehner, president obama, give america the gridlock we want. megyn: that's the thing, julie, is that the democrats controlled government for the first two years of obama's term, and then there's a reason americans sent all those republicans to congress in 2010, they wanted to stop some of the obama agenda. so then they stopped some of it, and we got gridlock, and then they decided on the exact same thing o
what would have happened if the republicans had nominated chris christie, president obama would have beaten him, too. and now even aven colter knows that. >> he's likable but obama is likable. he's an incumbent, it's going to be very hard to take him out, we're going to need some star power, street fighter like chris christie. i think i was wrong about that. >> just before 7:00 p.m. tonight the boims returned to the white house which they will call home until january 2017. it will be a half empty nest by then, malia will be a freshman in college. tod we learned new details of the president's campaign details. the "wall street journal" reveals, the manager of president obama's election campaign. the campaign he said wanted to spend heavily starting immediately on ads blasting away at mitt romney to shape voters' impressions before mr. romney had the money to do it for himself. if it doesn't work, we're not going to have enough money to go have a second theory in the fall. mr. messina, according to people in the meeting. the president gave his approval. the risky obama campaign strateg
voted for moderate republicans called barack obama who is a very moderate president. has been and most people understand that. ( crowd cheering ) >> stephen: so what happens? is there now a civil war within the republican party. >> i hope so. because i want conservatism to revive. i want it to be connected to reality, to what's going on in the world ,to the changing demographics of the society, the changing nature of the society and come up with constructive proposals to help solve our problems. i want the republican party to make "obamacare" better rather than actually just abolishing it. i want... ( crowd cheering ) i want the republican party to accept that climate change is happening, for goodness sake. ( crowd cheering ) and i don't think they've been open to persuasion so far, but i think the one thing they understand is losing. and they believe they won by a landslide. they're telling us, george will and michael barone were predicting-- they're not crazy, mainstream republicans very serious people telling us it would be a landslide for romney. where do they go now? >> stephen: i
every week there seems to be different republican man talking about rape. >> you have to look at the trend of polls. six months ago obama campaign was touting 20% of gender gap that they have of women. now he only has 8% above romney. then you have to look what happened in 2008. obama got 56% of the women. now he's only getting 50. there's a loss in enthusiasm among women. you really have to look at the trend of the polls. >> loss as compared to four years ago but as erin pointed out the last few comments have come from republican candidates that have really energized the discussion about women's reproductive rights. are those, murdoch, et cetera responsible for this recent jump in the gender gap in obama's favor? >> i don't think so at all. more liberal women are paying attention to what murdoch was saying. if you hold all republicans accountable then old democrats accountable for what kirsetn simens say that stay at home wives were leeching off of their husbands which is unacceptable f. we're going to hold that to standards we can point out owl kinds of people in democrats o
announce this. house of representatives, republicans, senate democratss presidency barack obama. two years, $3 billion and we are clearly in the same [bleep] we were when it started. it seems an appropriate time as a special treat to bring out our next guest. we're honored to welcome for the first time on the daily show the first ever president of the united states, holographic george washington. >> i trust all of yyu are enjoying your day off from your dailyybread. >> jon: mr. president we don't get the day off for election day. >> how do you have time for reflection on it. >> jon: well things have been going on for quite a while now and both parties have had -- >> have you a two paaty system. jefferson -- the people are politicking at best in national discooed is worse. as i saii in my farrwell address. charles can we role back. >> the nomination of one faction over another, shopping by revenge is itself is, now gaze upon this masterful drive. mr. mulligan, another ball. >> jon: you did that on a golf course. how did you get that on video. >> please jon let's not get upset over trivia
. and the republicans bring up obama's budget -- as an amendment to force the democrats' hand. but if the president leads, i happen to believe that the president must be telling the democrat leader, don't do it. if the president starts telling now, we are going to try to get something done, i assume he will do what the president says, i am not here to defend where why the president didn't do t. he's the leader of the party. if the holdup is harry reid, a democrat, couldn't he call them and say, let's put it up and let's do it now? we hear that he is telling governor christie he will answer the phone in 15 minutes. >> maybe it's like mr. medvedev, now maybe he will take a different attitude. i hope so, but your point is exactly right. it isn't just on this. i know the show's about the fiscal cliff and immigration reform and so many things. they haven't offer any legislation. >> greta: when you stall things, i mean the fact -- let's take the tax cuts, whether the taxes go up or down, frankly, to tell you the truth, i don't care. probably my taxes would go up. but i do know one thin, in this period of
and healthier economy. after four years of bitterness and divisiveness the republican leaders talk about working together with president obama following his reelection. good evening imi, a terror. our top story seen around the country tonight, could it be a true all of branch the house speaker handed the president after turmoil on capitol hill the last four years. chicago voters say they hope it is as they gathered near the president's home on the south side before the first family left the city to get back to washington. the president reached out to party leaders on both sides of the aisle to get a jumpstart on the tough work coming up. meanwhile, the enthusiasm at the hyde park neighborhood is much different today than four years ago supporters are happy and relieved that he won reelection and at the same time they say they expect better results during his second term in celebration of another win for the famous neighbor free breakfast this morning at the diner one of barack obama's favorite hyde park restaurants but as supporters enjoy the victory day expressed immediate concern the president
. the republican challenger said he did not want to do that and doesn't that give president obama the right to push for raising taxes on the wealthiest americans? >> the house got re-elected. go back to simpson bowles. the people who give up most reductions are the higher income americans. how many actually pay 35%. the tax code rewards friends and punishes enemies. it makes people pay the rate that you pick and have a 25% rate that if you have bad tax policy you are going to have bad job creation. it is the way to go forward and i'm confident that is what we will do. senator graham we appreciate your time. >> coming up. when you listen to senator gr a aham do you get a sense that we are looking at anything other than gridlock? every one will say it is a roadblock. you do have leader read saying i'm not going to draw any lines in the sand. speaker boehner feels burned. he thought he had a deal with the president. and he thinks the president walked away from it. the president gives up higher taxes on the rich. republicans give up something on the short-term and more on the long-term. that is going t
between president obama and a republican-controlled house. for veterans lousy weekend for calorie counting good for getting free food, free doughnut and coffee at krispy kreme, free pizza, free panics and free wings at hooters. some celebrating veterans day monday may help chains fill tables on the slowest day of the week. i'm jane king. >>> 21-year-old man behind bars after police say he broke into the napa county home of nancy pelosi. investigators say kevin hey again broke into her home -- kevin h egan broke into her home twice. they say he had a watch taken from her house. pelosi was not there during the break-s. he has admitted to during -- burglarizing sick homes in the area. >>> former stanford -- quarterback luck -- >>> still ahead, new jobs, new stores and new traffic. we are live at the new mall opening in a few hours. >>> california voters said no genetically modified food . >> electronics and applies -- and appliances maybe on your ñ >>> the bay area is on storm watch once again in live picture shows san francis
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convincing win over republican challenger mitt romney in the 2012 election. aides say obama has immediately turned to the so-called fiscal cliff of $700 billion in expiring tax cuts and automatic spending reductions set to take effect at the end of the year. under the terms of last year's debt deal, obama and senate democrats must agree on a deficit reduction package with house republicans or face automatic cuts that will likely contract the economy. on wednesday, both senate majority leader harry reid and house speaker john boehner pledged to negotiate in good faith. >> the american people want us to work together. republicans and democrats want us to work together. they want a balanced approach to everything, but especially the situation we have dealing with this huge deficit and taxes that are part of that. >> there is an alternative to going over the fiscal cliff. it involves making real changes to the financial structure of entitlement programs and reforming our tax code to curb special interest loopholes and deductions. by working together and creating a simpler, cleaner tax code, we
it up. and the republicans bring up obama's budget to -- as an amendment to force the democrats' hand. but if the president leads, i happen to believe the president must be telling the democrat leader, don't do it. if the president starts telling him now, we are going to try to really get something done, i assume the democratic leader will do what the president says. >> caller: i am not here to defend why the president didn't do t. all of these budgets twould have been so simple. he's the leader of the party. if the holdup is harry reid, a democrat, couldn't he just call senator harry reid and say, let's get a budget and do it now. we hear now that he is telling governor christie's going to answer the phone in 15 minutes, we can't get a budget in 3 years. >> have you a very good point. maybe it's like mr. medvedev, now that the election's over, maybe he will take a different attitude. i hope so. but your point is exactly right. it isn't just on this, i know the show's about the fiscal cliff, immigration reform, so many other thing, hasn't offered any legislation. >> caller: you know,
you joining us. coming up, republicans spent $1 billion trying to defeat president obama in the most expensive election in our country's history. we'll talk with "new york times" writer nick kapasori. he said big donors have little to show for their cash flood. will it change it ahead? joe biden said the election results are a mandate on the obama tax policy. what does your gut tell you regarding comments made by the vice president? check out awe "news nation" fumblr page, you'll find behind the scene pictures. i was in the ambulance and i was told to call my next of kin. at 33 years old, i was having a heart attack. now i'm on a bayer aspirin regimen. [ male announcer ] be sure to talk to your doctor before you begin an aspirin regimen. i didn't know this could happen so young. take control, talk to your doctor. a cup of johan is a 600 horsepower sports coupe that likes to hug curves. ♪ your curves. smooth, rich, never bitter, gevalia. >>> the results of this year's election show parts of map are shifting. the i-4 area of corridor is not a swing area in florida anymore. there's a
republican media consultant the other day he said, you know, i think there's a chance that if obama wins comfortably with the electoral college and the underperform in the house or the senate, and clearly the republicans underperformed in the senate, every tossup race with democratic, just as charlie said, every swing tossup state went democratic, magnifying the outcome. if something like that happens, i think republican folks will give a little bit on taxes, because republican members of congress are just tired of being hammered for being for millionaires and billionaires. it looks as though the election goes against us, i think they will give ground there. so in the short term, i think there is an opportunity to address some of these issues, including the large defense cuts and across-the-board cuts and deficit issues in short term. but still, count me as a skeptic in the long term, on the bigger question of taxes and spending and entitlements. because the way the political system has developed, the way the parties are, tuesday night we are all in this together, boehner comes out the n
reelected president obama and they have again reelected a republican majority in the house of representatives. if there is a mandate yesterday, it is a mandate to work together on the solutions to the challenges we face as a nation. my attitude is not a confrontation but conviction. we face a series of tremendous challenges and a great opportunity. weeks away from now looms the so-called fiscal clef. a combination of automatic tax increase mandated by law. within months of the fiscal cliff, congress will be asked to raise the debt ceiling. legislation will be needed to keep the government running as a continuing resolution under which we are currently operating expires. amid all of the short-term hurdles, we face the greatest challenge of all, a massive debt that is smothering growth and exceeding the size of our economy. there will be many who will say with the election over, we should confront the first challenges by electing the top two tax rates expire and pushing it off to somewhere else. they have lessing based in the same temporary policies that have put this into th
scott brown as a senator is good for obama. he joined all the republican obstructionism for the last few years. if he broke with his party he'd face the primary challenge and get beat. i don't see the value of that. if the white house has the instinct to bring in john kerry as secretary of state, i don't necessarily think they should be desueded by the threat of scott brown back to the senate. he lost by a sizable margin in year, and it made a strong statement about in massachusetts is much more difficult for republicans to run for federal office than for statewide office. you had four republican governors there in the last couple of decades. scott brown was the first and only republican to win a senate race since 1972. >> it would be a special election again. >> he did. ion at that, look what happened. there was a congressman up there, his name is john tierney, who should have been one of the easiest democrats to beat this year. a gambling scandal and republicans got a pro-choice candidate to run against him. tierney survived. >> scott brown is a powerful person running against any demo
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